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Review: Frank Cottrell Boyce and Sean O’Brien at the MLF

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Frank Cottrell Boyce and Sean O’Brien at the MLF

The plucky short story has had a long and eventful history.

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Simon Armitage

Review: Simon Armitage at Manchester Cathedral

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Simon Armitage at Manchester Cathedral

In the atmospheric setting of Manchester Cathedral, a large crowd gathers to hear the night’s sermon.

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Audrey Niffenegger

Manchester Literature Festival Sermon with Audrey Niffenegger

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Manchester Literature Festival Sermon with Audrey Niffenegger

Some books stay with you long after you have read them.

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John Lydon in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on John Lydon in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

Since 1976, John Lydon has been using words and music to question the inhabitants of the corridors of power, those untutored in the rhythms of popular culture who tut-tutted at the so-called degenerative influence of music’s equivalent of TNT – punk rock – on the nation’s youth.

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Kay Mellor

Kay Mellor at the Manchester Literature Festival

October 17, 2014 Comments Off on Kay Mellor at the Manchester Literature Festival

Kay Mellor is one of the UK’s most prolific and successful TV dramatists.

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Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry talks to Northern Soul ahead of the Manchester Literature Festival

October 3, 2014 Comments Off on Sebastian Barry talks to Northern Soul ahead of the Manchester Literature Festival

If you were asked what you thought about the state of the Irish novel, would you have an answer? Perhaps not, but this and other questions will be answered at one of the Manchester Literature Festival’s events this month.

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michael palin

Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

It’s one of those glorious instances of “of course!” casting: the makers of the forthcoming new version of The Clangers have announced that the narrator will be none other than Michael Palin.

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Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble on writing, walking and Bridget Jones

September 14, 2014 Comments Off on Margaret Drabble on writing, walking and Bridget Jones

It’s not often I get nervous before an interview. Sir Richard Branson 30,000 ft over the Atlantic? He was more anxious than I was. Nigella Lawson via a crackly line on Boxing Day? An absolute dream. The Dalai Lama in a five-star Manchester hotel? A total pussycat.

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Twelfth Night

Investigating the Bard at Bolton Octagon

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on Investigating the Bard at Bolton Octagon

In the Octagon, Bolton has a successful theatre generating its own productions and receiving touring shows. Sounds like any other theatre, right?

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Richard Boon

Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

February 18, 2014 Comments Off on Ever fallen in love with Richard Boon?

The Manchester punk scene was never meant to be a weighty chapter in history. Quite the opposite: it emerged as a short, sharp breath of fresh air.

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